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The first is a resilient plastic called polyethylene, followed by a middle layer of fabric mesh and a rubber-based adhesive on the bottom. It is thinner then foam tape and wider and glossier then masking tape, mostly because the waterproof and easy rip adhesive was originally produced for industrial applications. Read More…

Duct Tape Duct tape generally comes in either black or silver shades, but a few tape suppliers produce a variety of colors including clear. It is composed of three layers.
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Hickory, NC  |  800-237-6079

Carolina Tape & Supply Co. is a distributor & custom tapes converter offering 100% satisfaction. As one of the leading tape suppliers in the nation, Carolina offers an array of quality products & services to your company.

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Carolina Tape & Supply Corporation $$$

Lake Villa, IL  |  800-461-4161

CS Hyde is a leading distributor and converter that supplies a wide variety of high performance tapes with pressure sensitive adhesive. Our tape is available in materials such as Teflon™ Fluoroplastic, Kapton®, UHMW, Silicone, and many more. Since our fouding in 1996, our team at CS Hyde has continued to be committed to our customers and building long-term relationships by providing top quality products and unparalleled service.

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CS Hyde Company $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-556-7188

CFS is an ISO 9001:2015, 3M™ Preferred Converter with a large inventory of industrial masking tape products, including high temperature polyester tapes, polyimide tape, and crepe tapes. Our tapes can be used for powder coating, e-coating, anodizing, and many other applications. As a 3M™ Preferred Converter, we can custom slit or die-cut most of our tapes to your desired specifications. CFS supplies many diverse industries including agriculture, aerospace, military, electronics, and more.

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Custom Fabricating & Supplies $$$

Franksville, WI  |  800-545-8273

Thirty years of technical coating experience sets STM apart from many other tape suppliers. STM has a focused range of double-coated, single-coated and adhesive transfer tapes for the demanding applications in the industrial, automotive, electronics, framing, sign and award markets. Applications include bonding, laminating, mounting, splicing, masking, surface protection, bundling, and shielding. Contact us today for more information!

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Specialty Tapes® $$$

Lancaster, NY  |  716-684-7600

Sealing Devices matches 3M technologies with customer requirements for application success in bonding, protecting, and sealing. Our expertise includes part design prototyping, die-cutting and laminating pressure sensitive adhesives to sponge and rubber parts.

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Sealing Devices Inc. $$$

Beloit, WI  |  800-393-7917

Being a leading manufacturer of packaging and mailing containers, Western Container offers customers packaging and solutions for the tape industry.

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Western Container Corp. $$$
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Consumers now put duct tape to vastly more creative uses then the patching up of air ducts, which was its original purpose. The product has become a national and international phenomenon. Duct tape is used to keep cracking side mirrors onto cars and repair body work in motor sports.

The product is also employed as a temporary bandage and as an art supply for urban artists. Some teenagers even receive scholarships from the name brand Duct tape company by wearing duct tape clothes they fashion themselves to prom. The cultural phenomenon that is duct tape has surpassed its original role as industrial adhesive and become so significant numerous books have been written about its uses.

Duct tape is produced in very large quantities on a set of rollers. The adhesive is composed of rubber, resin and calcium carbonate and is made in a heated mixer. Tackifying agents, viscosity modifiers and antioxidants are added to the rubber compound.

The adhesive and fabric are then combined using coating equipment. The fabric is put onto a roller mill, which consists of 2 hollow rollers made of stainless steel that rotates at a set speed. The adhesive is heated up and fed into a small space between the 2 rollers, which forms a thin, even sheet across the surface of the rollers.

The cloth is then fed into the coating machine and runs against the roller with the adhesive, coating one side of it. After the coating process, the tape is then unspooled, where the large rolls are unwound, cut into smaller sizes and then respooled onto smaller cardboard cores in a process referred to as slitting.

The tape is then packaged (usually shrink-wrapped) and ready for sale.

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